I was talking to someone concerned that they would get bored being immortal living with God. What would we do for all eternity?
Of course, they were thinking of eternity on this planet surrounded by sin and struggling with their own sinful tendency to be stressed. Stress that comes from
- striving to be strong and perfect,
- not dwelling in the here and now but letting their mind wander to the future and wallow in the past,
- not being where they are at, etc.
Trust me, eternity won’t be a problem because our attitudes will be perfected, but it doesn’t hurt to practice our eternity now.
I am commanded to take no thought for the morrow but rather focus on today.
One gift the Lord gave me as early as my teen years was the gift of dropping out of time. I had been immortally alive since I was 5 years old, and time seemed irrelevant. I watched my peers ignore the privilege of learning and being in the present because their happiness was connected to the weekend or being somewhere else.
What’s the rush? Death is but a transition from one home to another.
In heaven, will I be eagerly awaiting the future, ignoring the wondrous present, or wallowing in the past?
But I am already immortal!
So I seize life one moment at a time, savoring what I have, relating to who is in my life, doing all things with all my might, and rejoicing in the wonder of who I am, thus acknowledging the brilliance of my Designer.
The bad attitude of thinking life starts only after I get to heaven can only cause me to not grasp the privilege of now!
Think with me of all the cool stuff we can do now that we can’t do in heaven. True, I won’t object when he calls me home, but what’s the rush?
On earth, I can
- do battle with evil,
- witness to the unsaved,
- practice faith,
- exercise hope,
- comfort the ill and wounded,
- lay up treasure in heaven,
- encourage the weak,
- restore brethren overtaken in a fault,
- apologize and ask forgiveness,
- join in Christ’s sufferings and labors,
- pray power into the battle,
- hold up my pastor’s hands when he is tired,
- teach and share with others what God has done for me.
If I take for granted what now is, resent what now is, and wish it were magically something else, then, when things change, I will take that for granted, resent it, and wish for yet something else.
Now is the day of salvation, now is the appointed time. When then becomes now then we will be free to freely grab that reality but not yet, my fellow immortals.